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Wednesday, 8 December 2004
Page: 30

Senator IAN CAMPBELL (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (11:43 AM) —There was one question that Senator Stephens did ask me privately, and that was in relation to when we want to make the appointments. We have not actually received formally the nominations from the states. As soon as the passage of this bill is complete—the first hurdle we have to jump—the Commonwealth's view is that we get on and make these appointments as quickly as possible, bearing in mind the comments I made in relation to Senator Allison's intervention in the debate. We are keen to do that, and we are obviously keen to get the nominations from the states.